PATRICK LAWRENCE: Gaza & Confronting Power

The American state, broadly defined, is well on its way toward a form of apple-pie absolutism, forcing distorted meanings not merely on three university administrators but on all of us.

Intifada in Gaza Strip, December 1987. (Efi Sharir, Israel Press and Photo Agency, Dan Hadani collection, National Library of Israel, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 4.0)

By Patrick Lawrence
Special to Consortium News

The events of the past seven days are sobering no matter where you look. The Israelis’ daily attacks in southern Gaza, after telling Gazans in the north to seek refuge there, strips bare the apartheid state’s intent to ethnic-cleanse the Gaza Strip and scatter to the winds those of its people who survive. 

Is there some word other than “genocide” we should use to name this horror, this stain upon the consciences of everyone who does not raise a voice against it? 

It is also clear as of last week that the Biden regime’s amoral support for the Israelis’ bloodlust in Gaza is destabilizing America and hastening the collapse from within that this nation has feared since it declared itself the United States. 

Think about those outlandish hearings in the House last week, when three university presidents were cynically cornered so their inquisitors could frame them as apologists for some imaginary genocide of Jews.

Think about these unlawful definitions of anti–Semitism that apologists for Israel want to see adopted as federal law and enforced in universities and a great variety of public institutions. Think about the anti–Semitism hustle, as Ajamu Baraka calls it — these ridiculous but ubiquitous claims that anti–Semitism is suddenly everywhere.  

Think about the arrests of those demonstrating for the Palestinian cause, the firing of professors and administrators, of doctors and other professionals, and the wholesale suppression of First Amendment rights. Think about the Biden regime’s announcement last Friday that it will ship arms to Israel without any congressional review. 

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Think, then, about the ever-increasing imperial distance from which the reigning regime operates, and about the decay of America’s Constitution, its Bill of Rights, its Congress, its courts, its educational institutions, its public discourse and its common language, its ideals. How shall we understand what is happening to America and its people?  

In any gathering of the like-minded these matters are all that is talked about. They sit upon one’s shoulders like a burdensome weight. What shall we do, people ask. Whatever one does it seems not enough. We are adrift in a sea of enforced indecency and irrationality.  

Turning to Rudolf Rocker

Rudolf Rocker in back row, second from left, with several London anarchists in 1912. Rocker’s arm lies over Milly Witkop’s shoulder. (Wikimedia Commons, Public domain)

Struggling with all this, as I admit to doing, my mind returned this past week to Rudolf Rocker, the German anarchist whose great work, Nationalism and Culture, is now hard to find but a great reward if you manage to locate a copy via the used-book sites. Here is the erudite Rocker thinking through the relationship between the modern state, in this case the Spain of Ferdinand and Isabella, and what he calls, in catch-all fashion, culture:

“So the unified national state was established under the dominion of an absolute monarchy. Spain became the first of the great powers of the world… But with the triumph of the unified Spanish state and the brutal suppression of all local rights and liberties there dried up the sources of all material and intellectual culture, and the country sank into a condition of hopeless barbarism. Even the inexhaustible streams of gold and silver that flowed in from the young Spanish colonies in America could not check the cultural decline: They only hastened it.”

This is Rocker developing one of the arguments that make Nationalism and Culture an enduring work. State power and culture — which, to simplify Rocker’s definition, means all that makes humankind human and enables humanity’s survival and advance — are inimical. The state, he argues, cannot ultimately abide forms of spontaneous culture that arise by way of human communities.  

“The state, Rocker argues, cannot ultimately abide forms of spontaneous culture that arise by way of human communities.”

Absolutist regimes are especially intolerant of authentic culture. In history they are given to destroying all forms of culture in the name of one or another kind of national unity. This is necessary for the continued exercise of power. 

The great empires, Rocker points out, are often fertile sites of high culture. “But let us not deceive ourselves,” Rocker writes:

“The high art we may associate with empires is typically the residue of previous times. Autocracies and imperial regimes are in the business of destroying culture, not cultivating it.” 

This means, if I read Rocker correctly, that in late-imperial phases all cultural institutions must be made to serve the state. Universities, museums, media, the important industrial sectors — we can count all these as cultural entities and note the cases wherein they are required to reflect the state’s ideology and conform to its dictates.  

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Language, an important cultural artifact, becomes a contentious question in this context. If language arises from the community that comes to speak it, the state determines to control and manipulate language so as to enlist communities in the state’s cause, the cause of nationalism and power. 

Rocker, let us not forget, was an anarchist and so had it in for the state and any kind of nationalist ideology a state may conjure and enforce. Even if one has little interest in anarchism (as I do not), I don’t see that this devalues by an iota all that Rocker has to tell us about ourselves, especially but not only now, by way of the core confrontation between state power and culture that he delineates throughout history.  

It is no kind of stretch to understand the liberal authoritarian project as a case of state power exerting itself upon those it governs — or rules, as the case comes to be. It is more or less all there — the enforcement of officially decreed versions of all events, the proscribing of all alternative versions, the punishment or banishment of those who deviate even slightly from the orthodoxy, the subservience of media to the state, the mutilation of language to serve the state’s purpose.

Corinna Barnard, my colleague at Consortium News, published a superbly to-the-point piece Sunday on the congressional hearings last week wherein the presidents of Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania were subjected to four hours of abusive questioning pointedly intended to show the rest of us the consequences of maintaining our sanity amid a grotesque psyop to convince us that First Amendments rights must be swept aside as the only way to rid ourselves of some rampant anti–Semitism that now besets us. 

“Think about the ever-increasing imperial distance from which the reigning regime operates.”

The twisting of language to serve the state’s purpose reached a fully absurd irrationality during those hearings. There is no recorded case of anyone on any university campus calling for “the genocide of Jews,” but no matter. 

Here is Barnard’s lead: 

“The U.S. is currently in the chokehold of a monstrous effort to fixate the nation on fears of an entirely hypothetical genocide when a real one is taking place.

Last week a House committee redolent of the McCarthyist days of the notorious House Un–American Activities Committee conducted an inquisition of three university presidents about their toleration of terms such as ‘intifada,’  which The New York Times, in its coverage, described as “an Arabic word that means uprising and that many Jews hear as a call for violence against them.”…

The meeting created a sinkhole for the principle of free speech, in which words used to express the cause of Palestinian resistance were twisted into an evil intention towards Jews, at the exact time when the Israel military is perpetrating genocide….

This is the American state, broadly defined and well on its way toward a form of apple-pie absolutism, forcing distorted meanings not merely on three university administrators but on all of us. 

From Speech to Thought

Ceasefire in Gaza protest in New York City on Dec. 9. (Pamela Drew, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

We learn from this occasion that the censorship regime with which we are now required to live is about more than eliminating or banning speech. Silence is only one of its objectives. It is as much concerned with controlling what it is permissible to say and what the language we speak must mean. 

It is a hop-skip to being told what we are allowed to think.

Here I will be crystal clear: It cannot be made a crime to hate someone else, for whatever reason, or to announce one’s hatred in public. These are our rights, repellently exercised or otherwise. If the ACLU had not devolved into a nest of identitarian flunkies, it would say this plainly and your columnist would not have to. 

Since when, in this connection, has it been the purview of Congress to vote on resolutions such as the one it passed last week, 311–14, in which it “clearly and firmly states that anti–Zionism is anti–Semitism?” It also condemns “From the River to the Sea,” the Palestinian slogan (which I find touchingly poetic), calling it “a rallying cry for the eradication of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”

Since never. This irresponsible conduct in the national legislature is two things. 

One, it is a measure of America’s swoon into another of its purification rituals. From the 17th century Boston hangings through the various red scares, Russiagate, and all the rest, it is always the same theme: We must remove from among us those elements that are impure.

This is done by requiring everyone to denounce or repudiate what they are told to denounce or repudiate, and to do so with prescribed degree of vehemence and illogic. One is otherwise exiled, one or another way, from the circle of the Elect.  

Two, the House’s idiotic resolution is an indication of how apartheid Israel’s condemnable campaign of murder and cruelty in Gaza has catalyzed the American state’s exercise of power over American culture in the way Rudolf Rocker would have meant the term.

“It cannot be made a crime to hate someone else, for whatever reason, or to announce one’s hatred in public. These are our rights, repellently exercised or otherwise.”

In this connection, we now watch as wealthy Wall Street investors, private equity executives, and others whose primary preoccupation is capital, withdraw or threaten to withdraw very considerable sums committed to university endowments if these institutions do not conform to their views on Israel and the Palestinian cause.

Think about this. Institutions of higher learning are supposed to be the source, or one source, of a healthy society’s dynamism. Now we have money people telling these institutions how to run themselves? This is what decline looks like. This is how America’s official support for apartheid Israel hastens it. 

We are all under attack, this being the case, not only those who are censored or otherwise singled out for punishment or banishment. This is everyone’s confrontation with power. Reading Rocker helps us understand the magnitude of this encounter. 

“What I keep coming back to is the thought that none of us were [sic] raised or prepared to live in an Insane World,” a reader who goes by Roundball Shaman wrote in the comment thread of a recent column. “There is only one way to deal with insanity. Stay sane ourselves.”

It is a start, under the circumstances.

Patrick Lawrence, a correspondent abroad for many years, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune, is a columnist, essayist, lecturer and author, most recently of Journalists and Their Shadows, available from Clarity Press or via Amazon.  Other books include Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century. His Twitter account, @thefloutist, has been permanently censored. 

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40 comments for “PATRICK LAWRENCE: Gaza & Confronting Power

  1. AA from MD
    December 13, 2023 at 15:52

    What USA and Europe has been saying is, Jews are not safe in their land so they have to go to Palestine and ethnially clean the natives to be safe.

  2. December 13, 2023 at 13:56

    Are we going to start realizing and acknowledging the real state of the nation of the People of Palestine? Or, are we going to keep pretending that we can somehow arbitrarily keep legally defining a state for that nation of human beings to exist in?

  3. December 13, 2023 at 13:49

    There has never, and never will be, a human being on Earth whose name happens to be ‘state’. The word ‘state’ actually means material condition, scientifically. For instance, the ‘state of a nation’ is either this or that state. The ‘state of the nation’ is not the nation itself, but rather, the state that nation finds itself in. How does whatever nation find itself in whatever state? Well, that depends on what conditions and what influences that nation has come to be under the influence of, by whatever means, because a nation is not so much different from an individual in this regard.

  4. Rafi Simonton
    December 12, 2023 at 22:28

    Catch ’24

    Most of us who’ve found our way to this site did so because we were looking for the remnants of sanity. Sanity we see fast becoming rare, unusual. Like Diogenes with his lantern, we search for something more enlightened than the genteel Newspeak of the liberal/centrist MSM or the corporate cross and flag fascism of the right.

    What keeps us sane is we can read what’s posted here and on the similar sites that survive. Including comments; confirmation we’re not alone. But like Diogenes, we’re the ones considered to be nuts by conformists afraid to disagree in the least with the neolib-neocon cabal in power. Afraid to seem at all different–which is by definition abnormal.

    Sanity is often defined as normal, and really all that means is average. Yet average, a statistical abstraction, is something no one ever quite is. Power is something like a set of neat concentric circles or precise sections of a cone with the most powerful at the center or apex. But real humans are eccentric.

    We who relish the eccentric loops of free thinking scare the straights. Fortunately for them, they have an air tight thought free way of dismissing us–we’re the abnormal ones. If we’re too insistent that dissent in a sea of ignorance and prejudice is required of a free mind, we are then viewed as dangerous. We disturb the public peace! Therefore to protect the people (and maybe for our own good as well) we should be silenced. And perhaps locked up. The two dominant U.S. political parties seem just fine with that solution. 2024 is going to be a fun year.

  5. December 12, 2023 at 22:06

    Thanks for the reference to the 1933 Rocker book which I’ve downloaded.
    I’ve just come across Victor Klemperer’s “Language of the Third Reich” which fits your argument perfectly

  6. bardamu
    December 12, 2023 at 19:19

    Beautiful essay.

    An attraction of Israeli violence for US rulers is that the history of antisemitism provides a foil for the repression of dissent. Biden said decades ago that were there no Israel, the US would have to invent one. Of course, the US and NATO had invented one a few years before. And Western racism and empire has returned every few years to reinvent anew an Israel to taste, for media. Israel is convenient for empire because the history of antisemitism facilitates their spinning violence as virtue signalling.

    The fact that this sort of thing has been done so repeatedly does not augur well for the future of these so-called “woke” calls for suppression of dissent within the US. It is going to take some time for the public to separate the authentic claims from hyperbole and projection.

  7. vinnieoh
    December 12, 2023 at 14:50

    Reality, despite the best efforts of some, is self-correcting. So, two things:

    Israel should know that now, just like Nazi Germany, they will never be forgiven;

    Two, after the US eats itself alive, the reasons why October 7th occurred will still exist and continue to give rise to further October 7th’s, or 9/11’s, or…

    • Bushrod Lake
      December 13, 2023 at 10:11

      The attack and response – encouraged attack and calculated response – of 9/11 and Oct. 7 are very similar. The Mossad that couldn’t imagine Hamas might strike Israel stains credulity, especially as they watched Hamas stockpile weapons (as they surely must). 9/11 was also known to some extent because WTC Building #7 was a DEMOLITION according over 2,200 architects and engineers. That is, the 9/11 attack was allowed so we could respond with our 20 year War on Terror along with all the manipulation that entailed.
      It is hard to imagine what can continue to keep this pack of lies, and liars, and us from collapse.

  8. Susan Siens
    December 12, 2023 at 14:45

    Now perhaps people can see the usefulness of transgenderism — a government psy-op if ever there was one — in destroying language. Women are no longer women, they are non-men (this from many institutions including Planned Parenthood who ran courses for men to force themselves on women who were lesbians), they are uterus-havers, and no one knows what sex is. Are you playing games with pronouns? If so, you are part of the problem. Women can identify males — for obvious safety reasons — within a very few seconds, and it is not women’s business to decide if this man thinks he’s a woman, a non-binary, a diaper fetishist, or anything else. He’s a man, a male, and no surgery or drugs can change that.

    Segue neatly into a bunch of GOYIM who know nothing about Judaism or Zionism to declare that Judaism is Zionism and vice versa. Nothing is more antisemitic than some damned non-Jew calling a Jew an antisemite!!!

    • Rebecca
      December 13, 2023 at 03:57

      Your hatred and contempt for trans and non-binary people does you no credit. Trans men, trans women, non-binary folks and many other genderqueer people have always existed in every society. To deny the reality of the multiplicity of gender is to delude yourself. I’d like you to provide evidence for your claim about “Planned Parenthood who ran courses for men to force themselves on women who were lesbians” for which you didn’t include a link.

  9. Apocalypse in Wonderland
    December 12, 2023 at 13:17

    American and European politicians have claimed that the chant “from the river to the sea” – is a latent “call for the complete destruction of Israel”. Obviously this framing serves to criminalize support for the Palestinian struggle for freedom but “from the river to the sea” is a rightful reference for a Palestinian state as this legal analysis confirms:

    “The Palestine Mandate Agreement did not validly provide a legal basis for a Jewish state and Jewish settlement covering the land of the Palestine Mandate (what is now Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip), because of the more fundamental “sacred trust of civilization” obligation in Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, part of the Treaty of Versailles, which stipulated that the territory should be provisionally recognized as an independent state—in effect a sui generis right of self-determination.
    Had this been implemented a century ago, Palestine would have been established as a state, covering the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, for all the people in that territory—Arab and Jewish Palestinian alike.
    The fact that it was not implemented does not change the legal position that it should have been, and, therefore, what did happen—the establishment of a state of and for Jewish people in particular covering part of this territory in 1948, via a forcible secession from the Palestine Mandate brought about through conflict and the Nakba—had NO international legal basis.
    Israel did not, therefore, somehow inherit a Mandate-era-based entitlement to the remainder of the land beyond its 1948 borders, since it was not the legal continuation of the Mandate and, more fundamentally, there was no such entitlement vested in the Jewish people through the Mandate in the first place.”

    Source: hxxps://

    For a detailed, in-depth political analysis of the topic – see this book (written in 1938):

  10. Dan Yazbek
    December 12, 2023 at 12:54

    Rudolf Rockers’ “Nationalism and Culture” book can be downloaded free here: hxxps://

  11. Hansrudolf Suter
    December 12, 2023 at 12:22

    Just google “rudolf rocker pdf” and you may download most of his writings.

  12. Sam Williams
    December 12, 2023 at 11:58

    Another headline today covers it succinctly: “Anti-genocide protesters arrested at US Capitol.”

  13. Charlie S.
    December 12, 2023 at 11:18

    Mr. Lawrence, your work is a consistently sane and rational voice in these times of institutional insanity, and I thank you for your clarity and humanity. In trying to understand what is happening to my country (the one whose Constitution I swore to protect and defend some 50 years ago), I’ve dug into some very old and intentionally obscured history in an effort to figure out exactly who is deliberately destroying our country. What I’ve found was transformative of my understanding of the apparent insanity. The people whose carefully constructed plans are being carried out are best understood as members of the world’s longest running and most successful crime syndicate. Literally. Like the relatively penny ante mafia crime syndicates that people generally understand, the one that threatens to control and loot the Western world (until they can conquer the rest) use the same methods to carry out their racketeering – bribery, blackmail, extortion, intimidation, assassination, and theft on a scale that was previously unimaginable. They are ethically and morally bankrupt – clinically classifiable as psychopaths. After 1,300 years of steadily increasing power, today they are the trillionaires behind the billionaires. In fact, they have commandeered our entire country (crucially on December 23rd, 1913, after several previous attempts), just as they did in Britain in the 16th century, to prey on the entire world – to loot it and subjugate it. And as economist Dr. Michael Hudson has pointed out, they are parasites who on the verge of killing the host. I think we’ll have a better chance of salvaging our country, and the rest of Western civilization if we quit bickering among ourselves about truly trivial issues and unite to destroy the Dark Side that threatens us all. This is not a political battle – it is spiritual and civilizational, literally good versus evil.

    • Lois Gagnon
      December 12, 2023 at 15:47

      Industrial capitalism and the conflicts it generates are running up against the reality that it is not compatible with life on earth. We havc come full circle back to Indigenous wisdom our forebears scoffed at as primitive. Let’s hope we are able to make the transition before the wealth hoarders finish us all off.

    • Valerie
      December 12, 2023 at 16:13

      “This is not a political battle – it is spiritual and civilizational, literally good versus evil.”

      I agree with that Charlie. It appears though, there is so much more evil than good.

      • Rebecca
        December 13, 2023 at 04:04

        This is an entirely political situation, based on materialism – as every Marxist knows. This is nothing to do with spirituality or civilisation, no matter what Samuel P. Huntington wrote. Making the Palestinians’ fight for survival against the military might of the USA and the apartheid State of Israel into one of ‘good vs evil’ is to tell us nothing of use whatsoever. The USA wants the status quo of Israel for its proxy in the Middle East; Israel wants the entire land it encloses for itself, and particularly to steal the natural gas reserves of Gaza Marine.

        See hxxps://

    • Richard Romano
      December 12, 2023 at 18:42

      It certainly a spiritual and civilizational battle good vs. evil. We ruled by an insane gang. Thanks Charlie.

    • December 13, 2023 at 01:52

      “The people whose carefully constructed plans are being carried out are best understood as members of the world’s longest running and most successful crime syndicate. Literally. … After 1,300 years of steadily increasing power, today they are the trillionaires behind the billionaires.”

      That sounds like a very titillating conspiracy theory. If that is true, then who exactly are/were these people? Can you name some names? Who were these people 1300 years ago? Who are these people today? Who were these people between 1300 years ago and today? Can you name names?

      And where can one find information about this long running crime syndicate?

      • December 13, 2023 at 11:04

        A point of information: in putting December 23, 1913 into the search engine I find that that is the date that the Federal Reserve Act was passed, and the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States, was created.

  14. Joy Al-Sofi
    December 12, 2023 at 11:12

    I want to do is to encourage more of us to think about new ways to think and act on this issue.

    There must be a permanent ceasefire, not with Palestinians suffering under oppressive conditions, but as a place where all live with peace and equality. It is time for Pope Francis to do more than talk. He must go to Gaza and make a stand for peace and freedom.

    Please sign the petition and share widely.


    This is one small thing we can do. If we can do more, let us do more.

  15. Larry McGovern
    December 12, 2023 at 11:11

    Thank you, thank you, Patrick Lawrence, for another thought provoking article. It bears reading more than once. And your erudition continues to amaze! I mean, who ever heard of Rudolf Rocker? (at this time of year, I’m thinking a punk rock reindeer?)

    I suggest readers combine Lawrence’s piece with the great, smack down letter by Bruce Fein to Reprehensible Representative Stefanik, demanding that it is she who should resign, not the university presidents. (Were people appalled like I was at the arrogance of Stefanik saying, upon the resignation of the UPenn President, “that’s one down, two to go.”?!!)


    • John J
      December 12, 2023 at 13:06

      Totally agree with the you and Mr. Fein. Stefanik is a disgrace and should be expelled for violating her oath to support and defend the Constitution. Her actions in that hearing were as horrendous as the “misinformation” tyrants’ coercion of social media platforms. Both are examples of censorship-by-proxy, a blatant violation of the First Amendment.

  16. Jeff Harrison
    December 12, 2023 at 11:07

    I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

    And so it is.

    • Valerie
      December 12, 2023 at 16:08

      The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.

  17. Selina Sweet
    December 12, 2023 at 11:05

    Excellent Patrick Lawrence. Much appreciation for your clear view. Especially that of the distance from which the reigning regime acts from us….as though it were a separate fraternity unbeholden to us and just not giving a hoot what the people feel, say, want, need.

  18. Lois Gagnon
    December 12, 2023 at 11:05

    Those of us living through this season of imposed insanity are duty bound not to give in to the pressure to conform with the normalization of genocide. Global solidarity with the Palestinians and all oppressed people is growing rapidly. It’s the fact that we’re winning that scares the bejeezus out of the oppressors.

  19. Francis Lee
    December 12, 2023 at 11:01

    An insight from the Irish poet. W.B.Yeats: The Second Coming. ”Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world … ”

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    Yes indeed this Rough Beast is slouching toward Bethlehem to be born.

    December 12, 2023 at 11:01

    Patrick writes: “Nationalism and Culture, is now hard to find but a great reward if you manage to locate a copy via the used-book sites. ”

    If one is willing to read an online version, it is here:


    • Onlooker
      December 14, 2023 at 13:57

      > If one is willing to read an online version, it is here:

      And you can download it there is various formats, so no need to read it on-line.

      Thanks for directing us to this literature source!

  21. December 12, 2023 at 10:56

    Dystopia is rampant in the United States and NATO member states and that dystopia requires that we close our minds, cover our eyes and ears and most of all, shut our mouths. That is what “liberal democracy” has come to mean in order to protect Zionist apartheid and genocide. Unfortunately, to thinking people with values, that raises a lot of questions as to what we’ve been taught about our own past and just how accurate what we teach as history is.

    • Susan Siens
      December 12, 2023 at 14:51

      Who can find time to think when there are celebrities, video games, pornography, endless shopping, TV, junk / fast food, lotteries, and MORE to distract us? And what’s amusing about Americans as they spend their time on these fruitless pursuits of idiocy is that they are so bewildered by what’s happening!

  22. kathleen
    December 12, 2023 at 10:54

    We clearly have no control over Israel, and why we call this rogue, apartheid state now engaged in war crimes and genocide our closest ally is a mystery to me. These after all, are people who sank a US ship and then did their best to kill the surviving sailors, deliberately killed American journalists, and run over an American protester with a bulldozer, to name a few highlights from this “ally.” That we are funding and protecting their latest war crimes makes us equally guilty for the death they cause of every Palestinian man, woman and child, the aged, the sick, the unborn and perhaps a few actual fighters. We should be leading the world in condemning this genocide, which is deservedly staining our reputation and image world wide.
    They don’t hate us for our freedom. They hate us for our actions.

    • Susan Siens
      December 12, 2023 at 14:53

      It should not be a mystery, kathleen. Read Whitney Webb’s One Nation Under Blackmail and Jonathan Marshall’s Dark Quadrant (good book except for the last chapter where he rolls over for the Democratic Party), and you will understand.

    • Rebecca
      December 13, 2023 at 04:06

      “We clearly have no control over Israel” apart from the US government supplying the majority of the weapons being used to slaughter tens of thousands of Palestinian men, women and children. Turn off that supply and the genocide ends. Erdogan in Turkey could do the same with the oil being piped across to Israel.

  23. Drew Hunkins
    December 12, 2023 at 10:02

    The Jewish supremacists and Jewish billionaire class have really taken the gloves off. In orchestrating the most vicious attack on academic freedom in our nation’s history they’re carrying out something that’s extremely unprecedented.

    That millionaire establishmentarian Ivy League presidents are being ensnared in the Zionist smears, assaults and harassment is truly frightening.

    Either one assents to genocide or one’s browbeaten and canceled by the tyranny of pro-Israel fascism.

    • Carolyn L Zaremba
      December 12, 2023 at 12:00

      Agreed. It is frightening indeed. The stink of it has been in the air for quite some time, like rotting meat, like rotting bodies in rubble that we are not supposed to worry about or it means we hate Jews. My great-great-grandmother was Jewish. I oppose Israel and its genocide and all of the Jews of conscience I know feel the same. What the Zionists and AIPAC have done is criminal in more ways than one. Brainwashing and payoffs, bribes and smear campaigns. After all of the “Russiagate” idiocy of the previous administration, it is evident that Israel is the country that is really controlling the U.S. government. The Zionists are like the distorted bodies and psyches of radiation poisoning.

      • Susan Siens
        December 12, 2023 at 14:55

        Excellent comment and I have noted that the greatest clarity about the genocide is coming from Jewish people. Shlomo Yitzhak on tiktok is one of the best, focusing on Europeans and their theft of indigenous people’s lands.

    • Valerie
      December 12, 2023 at 12:43

      It’s a complete farce Drew. It’s even discussed at the UN:


      This started some 7 months ago.

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